Division of Planning and Permitting

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The South Frederick Corridors Plan

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The Planning Commission is starting review of the draft South Frederick Corridors Plan (SFCP) - a planning effort representing an important step toward realizing goals outlined in the Livable Frederick Master Plan (LFMP). The SFCP is a critical element of the County's strategy to preserve agricultural land and natural resources by creating attractive and comfortable places perfectly suited to serve needs of a variety of County residents and businesses. Meeting the challenge of determining our own future started with the LFMP and continues with the SFCP. To learn more about this blueprint for growing our County responsibly, the draft document and other information about the plan can be found on the project web page.

Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan

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The Adopted Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan is now available.
Submit questions and comments to: SugarloafAreaPlan@FrederickCountyMD.gov. Learn More

Land Preservation, Parks & Recreation Plan

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The Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) is updated every five years and is required by the State in order to maintain the County’s eligibility for Program Open Space funding. The plan is created in partnership with the County’s municipalities. Learn More.

Frederick County Architectural Review Committee

Architectural Review Committee

The Frederick County Architectural Review Committee is soliciting letters of interest from individuals to serve on the new 5-member Committee which will review site development plans for proposed Critical Digital Infrastructure Facilities and provide recommendations to the Frederick County Planning Commission.

If interested in serving, please send a letter of interest and a current resume to fcgboards@FrederickCountyMD.gov or mail to Joyce M. Grossnickle Office of the County Executive, Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701 (301-600-1102) by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 17, 2023.
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New eServices Training

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Weekly sessions will be held every Thursday at 10 am. Staff will answer questions, provide general guidance and request feedback regarding both platforms: Planning and Permitting Application Portal, Rhythm for Civics and Plan Review Platform, Project Dox. This session is designed to address any topics and could include: 

  • Account Setup (Portal & eplans)
  • Online Application
  • Online Payment
  • Data Search & Communications
  • Inspection Requests & Communications
  • System Requirements
  • Q&A Session
  • Feedback Requests

The Expedited Permit & Inspection Certificate (EPIC) Program

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The Expedited Permit & Inspection Certificate (EPIC) Program is designed to support small commercial and professional services that move into existing space, and to provide permit review and approval within one week.

The Residential Expedited Permitting Process

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The program is offered for qualified residential jobs including minor interior alterations, basement finishes, small additions, decks, porches, sheds, swimming pools/hot tubs, solar panels and more. Learn More

Jefferson Historic District Story Map

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Frederick County has a wealth of historic resources including pre-historic archeological sites, historic farmsteads, bridges, and rural villages. This page illustrates some historic resources and lists properties designated to the County Register of Historic Places. Learn More


The Division of Planning and Permitting helps to shape our physical communities with the goal of upholding the highest standards of livability. This involves planning and design, regulatory compliance, and conservation and preservation. Planning and design includes comprehensive, transportation, environmental, and water and sewer planning. Regulatory compliance includes development review, environmental compliance, and life safety. Conservation and preservation includes historic preservation, agricultural preservation, and forest resources.


Planning and Permitting Division

30 North Market Street

Frederick, MD 21701

P: 301-600-1153

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